Lynn man sues Logan cleaning company alleging religious discrimination
A Lynn man fired from his job as a janitor at Logan International Airport is now suing his former company, alleging religious discrimination.
In a complaint filed Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court, Arcadio Cruz, a practicing Catholic, said he experienced a string of “false disciplinary actions,” which were in retaliation for him seeking “accommodations for his religion and complaints of religious discrimination.”
Attempts to reach Cruz’s former company, C&W Services, Tuesday night were unsuccessful. C&W provides custodial services to Logan, according to the complaint.
In a statement, his attorneys said he experienced “repeated retaliation for engaging in prayer on his breaks and for advocating for his right to observe the Sabbath.”
Cruz worked for C&W for more than a decade, according to the complaint. In 2014, he filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination to stop bullying and unfair treatment, according to his attorneys. That case was resolved by agreement, “including the implementation of a work schedule that did not conflict with Mr. Cruz’s Sabbath.”
Four years after that resolution, his attorneys said C&W “turned a “blind eye to its promises and ultimately terminated him.”
Cruz was subjected to “constant taunting by his supervisors for being open at work about the importance of religion in his life,” according to the attorneys’ statement.
Last year, the company denied Cruz’s request to not work on Sundays “as a religious accommodation,” according to the complaint. C&W offered three alternate schedules, which all required Cruz “to work on Sundays, in direct conflict with his religious obligation to hold the Sabbath on Sundays,” according to the complaint.
The company, according to the filing, “did not explore any other available options to accommodate Mr. Cruz’s request not to work Sundays.”
The suit alleges religious discrimination, retaliation, and breach of contract.
“I worked for C&W Services for nearly a decade, planning to retire from this company,” said Cruz in a statement. “But I could not endure the bullying and unfair treatment that I experienced there. I only wanted to do my job, while remaining true to my religious convictions.”
He is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
According to a court filing, Cruz’s attorneys said his “reasonably anticipated lost wages” topped $100,000.